Hot Cougar Action: WSU vs. UW pregame news

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You'll have to wait a few more hours to watch Washington State take on Washington but at least you'll have some reading material to help pass the time.

Men's basketball

Meaningful men's basketball returns to Friel Court tonight, but you'll have to wait until 6:40 p.m. PT. Why 6:40 p.m.? Apparently the Pac-12 just wants to be different. Anyone can start a game at 6:30 or 7, but we start our games at 6:40. As for the game itself, we've confirmed there is no truth to the rumor that Andrew Furney joined the team as a walk-on this week just so he could come on to hit the game-winning three-pointer.

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Five questions about Washington - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Jan. 4, 2013
FROM PULLMAN — With Pac-12 play beginning this week, we dust off our five-questions-with-a-beat-writer feature to preview the Washington Huskies. Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune was kind enough to stop by this week, and we also answered five questions about WSU on his blog. Read on for Todd's answers.

Cougars try out improved defense on Huskies - Spokesman.com - Jan. 4, 2013
PULLMAN – Ken Bone doesn’t necessarily dismiss the numbers. But Washington State’s coach knows better than to draw sweeping conclusions based on wins over Big Sky and Southwestern Athletic Conference teams.

Conference Power Rankings: Pac-12 - Men's College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
Washington State: The Cougars have won seven of their past eight, with the only loss coming in a two-point setback against Gonzaga at the buzzer. Forward Brock Motum has been steady as expected, averaging 19.7 points and 7 rebounds. But the X factor for the Washington State is guard DaVonte Lacy . He can take the team to another level.

Huskies seek stabilizing victory in Pullman | WSU Cougars - The News Tribune
Washington (8-5) starts Pacific-12 Conference play when it travels across the state to Pullman today for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff with Washington State (9-4). The Huskies hope this first of three road games shifts them onto a path similar to prior seasons.

5 questions about UW/WSU with Christian Caple | UW Huskies Insider - The News Tribune
Christian Caple of the Spokesman-Review was good enough to answer five questions about the Cougars heading into Saturday’s Pac-12 opener for each team. Here are Caple’s thoughts.

Women's basketball

The women's team opened the conference season on Friday and although they started off well, the Cougars lost to Arizona.

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Arizona's Strong Second Half Too Much For Cougars in Pac-12 Opener - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University had three players score in double figures as the University of Arizona offense came alive in the second half to come back and post a 71-65 victory in both teams Pac-12 Conference opener Friday night at Beasley Coliseum.

Football

Could the Pac-12 review of the Marquess Wilson allegations be coming soon? Bud Withers hears the release is "imminent" although he has apparently heard that before.

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The Pac-12 investigation of Leach: What's taking so long? | Pac-12 Confidential | The Seattle Times
As for the Pac-12 Conference's concurrent, but separate, investigation: Nothing. I hear release of the report is imminent. But then, I heard the same thing more than two weeks ago, several days before Christmas.

WSU athletics

The nights with Cougar football are returning soon. Kyle Sherwood will likely be prohibited from talking to any coaches this year, unless he decides to wear a disguise. So if you see a guy with a Rollie Fingers mustache and some suspicious glasses, buy him a drink.

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WSU Football Celebrated in February with Statewide Night With Cougar Football Events - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University Athletics will embark on a four-city tour during February to give Cougar fans the opportunity to spend "A Night with Cougar Football."

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